Article Archives

Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

Focus 100 Retail - November 2013   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm reports on the state of the residential flooring business, including the multi-family market, with reports from retailers and contractors, as well as the buying groups. The article also features this year's Top 100 list.

The New Age of Airport Design - November 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier discusses the extraordinary performance demands of flooring in airports through two case studies: Terminal 2 of San Francisco International Airport and Terminal F of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Retail Display 2013: Flor, The Floor Project, Pilot Floor Covering   Full Article
November 2013—This year's display awards showcase clear messaging, innovative use of the space and new ideas for samples, with boston's Flor taking the top spot, followed by The Floor Project, and Pilot Floor Covering.

Commoditization: Channel Wars   Full Article
November 2013—Retail consultant Jim Dion, founder and president of Dionco Inc., discusses commoditization, the loss leader tactic and strategies for fighting the race to the bottom.

Global Tile Show: Cersaie - November 2013   Full Article
Editor Anne Harr reviews this year's Cersaie tile show, held in September in Bolgna, Italy. The report features product reviews from some of the leading Italian manufacturers, as well as product trends.

The Economy, Imola, Aquafil and NeoCon East: Startegic Exchange   Full Article
Nov. 2013—Publisher Kemp Harr weighs in on the government shutdown, and also reports on site visits, including Imola's Advanced Continua line near Bologna, Italy and Aquafil's Econyl plant in Slovenia, which converts post-consumer nylon into new pellets.

Demonica Kemper Architects Renovate a Campus: Designer Forum   Full Article
November 2013—Rebekah Wightman discusses her firm's design of the Center for Contemporary Technology at Moraine Valley Community College on the outskirts of Chicago and the role of flooring from Altro, Abet and Milliken.

The Flooring Gallery: Best Practices   Full Article
November 2013—Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles The Flooring Gallery, which has six stores in Kentucky and Indiana and attributes part of its success to its loyal employees, along with its savvy advertising programs.

Dealing with Improper Specification and Application   Full Article
Flooring Forensics, Nov. 2013—Contributing editor Lew Migliore reports on what he considers to be the largest single problem in the floorcovering industry—improper specification and application of flooring—and offers strategies to help avoid the issue.

Creating happy, productive workplaces: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
November 2013—Contributing editor Dave Stafford discusses active employee management and techniques for creating happy, productive workplaces, including how to set and maintain standards and how to deal with problematic employees.